Christina Aguilera

Genie in a Bottle

Composed by David Frank / Pamela Sheyne / Steve Kipner

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Throughout the summer of 1999, Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" blared from car stereos. The funky pop hit topped the pop charts for weeks, racking up multi-platinum sales. What makes the song's initial success even more astounding is the fact that it topped the charts weeks before an accompanying music video was made. That such unusual success came about through what could be called a casual act makes the song's beginning even more awe-inspiring. Keyboardist/songwriter/producer David Frank had decided to write some songs with songwriter/producer Steve Kipner and Pam Sheyne. Before this first writing session, Frank had accumulated some song ideas. Still, he felt that he needed a song idea that would get the trio's first-time collaboration off to a good start. Waking up at 2 o'clock in the morning, Frank's muse was wide open and six hours later, he'd created the instrumental track for what would become "Genie in a Bottle." One of the song's most arresting features is the rapid 32nd-note bass drum pattern, an arranging feature that Frank used when he was half of the pioneering synth duo the System. When presented with the completed track the next day, Kipner and Sheyne were delighted. The trio decided that a female would sing lead since Sheyne could do the lead vocal on the song demo. Remembering a tape that was passed along to him by RCA executive Ron Fair, Frank suggested Christina Aguilera. Teamed with teenager Aguilera's dazzling, very adult-sounding vocals, it was a can't-miss combination.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Christina Aguilera 1999 BMG / RCA / Sony Music Entertainment 3:38
Genie in a Bottle 1999 BMG International 3:39
Genie Gets Her Wish [Video] 1999 BMG / BMG Special Products
Diva Collection 1999
Various Artists
BMG 3:38
Grammy Nominees 2000 2000
Various Artists
RCA 3:37
Dance Hits 2000 [Wea] 2000
Various Artists
WEA International 3:36
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Perfect Love, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Global TV 3:37
Starke Gefuhle, Vol. 5 2000
Various Artists
BMG
Bullet, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 3:37
Street Vibes, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
Global TV 3:37
Totally Hits, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Elektra 3:38
Galaxy Hit Mix 2000
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 3:32
Big Tunes 2000 2000
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:36
No Image 2000
Various Artists
BMG
Hot Pop 2000
Various Artists
Universal International 3:37
Remix Plus 2000 JVC Victor
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Polys
Girls 2K 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
MTV 20: Pop 2001
Various Artists
Maverick / Warner Bros. 3:37
Big Tunes 2001
Various Artists
303 Recordings 3:36
Sunshine 2001 2001
Various Artists
BMG International 3:37
De Prehistorie: De Jaren 90 (1999) 2001
Various Artists
Eva 3:38
Funky Divas [404 Music Group] 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 3:36
Nu Divas [2002 #2] 2002
Various Artists
BMG 3:37
Very Best of All Woman 2003 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV 3:37
Glamour: Fits Your Life, Your Handbag and Your Stereo 2003
Various Artists
WSM
Siempre en Forma, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Prodisc 3:19
Stripped Live in the U.K. 2004 RCA
Pop Princesses 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
It's A Girl Thing 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
#1's: 38 of the Greatest #1 Singles of All Time 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Barbie Girls [Universal #1] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:37
1S - 38 of the Greatest Number 1 Singles of All Time 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:37
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Greatest Hits of 1999 2005
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:38
Monster Hits 2000 2006
Various Artists
BMG
Christina Aguilera/Stripped 2006 Sony Music Distribution
Now That's What I Call No. 1's 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
Funk It Up and Dance 2007
Various Artists
Hudson Street
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Top 40: 1999-2000 2008
Various Artists
Rec. of Substance 3:37
101 90's Hits 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 3:38
Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits 2008 BMG / Sony Music Distribution
Sounds of the 90's Generation 2008
Various Artists
Destra 3:37
Now! That's What I Call the 90s [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:37
Essential: The 90s 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:37
Poptastic! The Greatest Pop Album of All Time 2011
Various Artists
EMI TV / UMTV / Universal Music TV 3:37
Pop Stars 2013
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:38
No Image 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 3:37
25 lat Radia Zet 2015
Various Artists
Universal 3:39
...Baby One More Time: Back to the '90s
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:36
100 Essential Tracks: Pop
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: Ultimate Number Ones
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon / Edsel 3:38
Heat Summer Anthems
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:38
Hit Club 2000, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva
Hits for Kids, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Universal Music
M6 Dance, No. 19
Various Artists
M6
Now That's What I Call a Singer
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:37
Old School: 40 of the Hottest Old School Hits
Various Artists
Sony Music
Pure... '90s R&B
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:36
Pure...Pop
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:38
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:24
Ultimate Office Party!
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:38
Ultimate... 90s
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:36
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